Thursday, October 9, 2008

Environmental Sustainability: What can we do?

There's both personal and corporate responsibility here. The Salvation Army and other Christian denominations (and for that matter any other faith that cares for this world) cannot ignore their own contributions, past and present, which have negatively impacted the environment. It's time to turn this around and be part of leading the way to a more caring relationship with the earth and our fellow citizens. This could include:
  • New car policies that minimise environmental impact - not just because petrol costs more!
  • Investigating solar and other alternative energy sources for office buildings, corps halls and officer quarters
  • Improving water saving features in all buildings
  • Green roofs!

I've heard that some of these items are already under consideration and a few have even started happening, which is great. Often simple things like double-siding photocopies and re-evaluating disposable cups can make a big difference over time. It has become standard to have an OH&S representative in every office - why not an environmental champion as well?

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

It is easy to talk about environmental sustainability. It is not so easy to act.

At a personal level it costs - either money or comfort or effort. Are we willing to make the sacrifices that are required if we take it seriously?

At a corporate level the immediate and measurable costs - the dollars we spend - are among the most significant determinants of our decisions. In an organisation (church) where "user pays" doesn't work we need to find creative ways to work toward environmental sustainability. It is well down on our list of priorities, and I'm not sure the organised and traditional church (or any social welfare organisation) is ready or able to make it a high priority or a key value - at least not yet.

That said, doing something is better than doing nothing!

Graham

JDK said...

Thanks for your comment Graham. I agree, it's a costly challenge but an important one nevertheless. Some creativity would certainly be welcomed and is likely to help to make the costs more manageable. Let's see where we can start...
Regards, JDK